SOC1980-03.Topics: Stories, Soc Just.J16.Chepp,Valerie
Topics: Stories, Soc Just
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Throughout the world, people tell stories. These stories have numerous social functions. Societies use stories to pass down historical accounts to future generations, teach language and social norms, inform the public, construct collective identities, provide religious and moral guidance, engage in political propaganda or protest, empower marginalized groups, and entertain. In this course, we will explore the social significance of stories and storytelling, paying close attention to the content, context, and delivery of stories. Central to our analyses, we will examine how stories, whether fact or fiction, are used to incite social justice and change in society. We will study how different narrative genres are performed, including traditional oral narratives, folktales, religious tales, theatrical storytelling, improvisational theater, slam poetry, and stand-up comedy. Once a week, class will be held at a local performance venue, where we will watch and analyze examples of contemporary verbal art movements. This class will require that students travel via car, bus, or light rail, as appropriate, to local off-campus locations. Note: This course has a $120 fee.
Chepp, Valerie, "SOC1980-03.Topics: Stories, Soc Just.J16.Chepp,Valerie" (2016). Syllabi. 6432.
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